When you think about Donald Trump, you probably think about a lot of things—that extravagant pile of hair, wealth and luxury, the phrase “You’re Fired!”—and when you think about a Trump hotel, you likely picture a place with lots of briefcases and Italian suits and not a lot of families. But you’d be wrong—on that last point, at least. The Donald recently opened the Trump International Hotel and Tower, a 92-story spire of soaring glass and steel situated right on the Chicago River in the heart of the city, and the hotel is welcoming families with open arms and uncommon amenities. Upon check-in, kids receive a little backpack with a stuffed cow (an appropriate toy for a Midwestern city), a colouring and activity book (and crayons) with scenes and trivia related to the hotel and the city, and—if it’s okayed by parents—freshly spun cotton candy. But this just sets the tone—the family-friendly experience continues throughout the stay. For the room, the hotel provides kid’s robes and slippers, Playstation and Xbox, MP3 players pre-loaded with kid’s music (including Radio Disney), children’s books and movies, and, for a family night in, you can even order up an old school board game; in the restaurant, Sixteen, families can enjoy the relaxed, blue-jean atmosphere in the Rivers Room, and you can entertain your squirmy little ones with a portable DVD player, right at the table; and at the spa, kids can take advantage of a Milkshake Pedicure (sundaes or cookies and milk are also an option), as well as 30-minute massages and facials. Yes, you’ll have to bring your wallet, but in this case, dare I say, you really do get what you pay for—the experience is one of almost ridiculous luxury (think flat screen TVs embedded in the bathroom mirrors, holographic fireplaces, deep, deep soaker tubs, stunning floor-to-ceiling views of downtown and Lake Michigan, and in the health club, everything from chromotherapy showers to treadmills that allow you to select a preferred scent for your run to a cool little machine that dries your bathing suit in 30 seconds).
– Tim, CF‘s contributing editor